Wilmington, N.C. – The United States Marine Corps is conducting a military movement over the next several days utilizing North Carolina’s port in Wilmington in support of II Marine Expeditionary Force’s exercise Trident Juncture 18. The movement will take place between Thursday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 12 and will involve the transport of equipment between Camp Lejeune and the Port of Wilmington.
“North Carolina Ports is honored to help support the United States Marine Corps and Camp Lejeune during this military movement,” said NC Ports Chief Operating Officer Brian Clark.
The Marine Corps will move 451 pieces of cargo – approximately 224 containers and 227 rolling stock – through Wilmington over the next several days. The equipment will be used as part of II Marine Expeditionary Force’s participation in the NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18 scheduled to take place in October.
This is the second military movement to take place at the Port of Wilmington this year. In May, North Carolina Ports supported training efforts of the US Army by assisting in the transport of equipment from Wilmington to Fort Bragg over a two-week period.
North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City are able to participate in military training exercises due to their Strategic Seaport designations. As Strategic Seaports, both ports provide America’s armed forces with a reserve seaport capacity to respond to any sudden, large increases in the need to move military assets during a national emergency or surge deployment.
About North Carolina Ports
North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state’s consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute statewide to more than 76,000 jobs and $700 million each year in state and local tax revenues.